McDermott: Newcastle boss Pardew brought me to Reading

Brian McDermott admits Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is responsible for him getting to Reading.

It was Pardew who recruited McDermott as chief scout and manager of the Under-17 team in 2000 and the successor to Brendan Rodgers has been with the Royals since.

"I didn't really know Alan until I met him at a game at Brentford. I was cold, it was wet and I was out of work," McDermott said.

"We had a conversation and Alan must have remembered me because I got a phone call out of the blue a little while later asking if I wanted to come.

"I'd never been chief scout before. I was working incredible hours, but I loved it. Alan was paying me about £2.50 per hour, so he got his money's worth.

"I loved working with him, as I did with Steve Coppell. It was never a hardship.

"Alan was very good for me personally and for Reading as a football club. He's been very successful at a number of clubs since."

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